Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gidget's gluten free lemon bars

Love is in the air at Gidget's Garden. Farmer D and I have been basking in joyous news and Valentine's Day seems like a perfect time to share with our readers; we're going to have a baby on or around August 31st! We're not going to find out the sex beforehand but we hope it will be a farmer.

I had a very strong craving for lemon bars today so I attempted to make a gluten free version because I do not digest gluten but desperately wanted some lemon bars. They turned out pretty good. They aren't healthy but I did use primarily organic ingredients and rarely indulge in this kind of food so I let go of concerns and enjoyed.
The finished product, they aren't gorgeous but they are tasty!

1 1/4 Cup Pamela's baking mix
1/2 Cup Sorghum flour
1/4 Cup Coconut flour
1 Cup butter, softened
1/2 Cup confectioner's sugar 

The mix of flours I used
4 eggs
1 1/4 Cup sugar
1/3 Cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 Tablespoon coconut oil to grease pan

I used our pink lemonade lemons - yum!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 13 x 9 inch pan with coconut oil

2. In medium bowl, use pastry blender or two knives to combine butter, confectioners’ sugar and flours until it takes on a gravely consistency, with small pea-sized lumps of butter coated in flour. Pat mixture into baking pan, making sure the crust is as evenly leveled as possible, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
This is what my mixture looked like before pressing into the pan
3. While the crust is baking, beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and lemon zest and stir until well mixed. Pour egg mixture over baked crust. Return pan to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until set.
This is after everything was baked. 
4. Use a sifter to sprinkle additional confectioner's sugar over the top.

Parchment paper may have worked better but I didn't have any. It is a little tough to get the bars out of the pan but not impossible with patience and a rigid spatula. They should be cool before slicing. They taste awesome and they definitely satisfied my craving. This made lots of lemon bars so I will share some and freeze some.

Gidget says, "These are not my lemon bars. Mine would have tuna."

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